Who Should Read This Book – Anyone who prays or wants to pray.
What’s the Big Takeaway – We can learn to pray from the great tradition of the church, specifically the prayer at night (compline) which gives us words to pray when we don’t know what to say.
And a quote – “When we’re drowning we need a lifeline, and our lifeline in grief cannot be mere optimism that maybe our circumstances will improve because we know that may not be true. We need practices that don’t simply palliative our fears or pain, but that teach us to walk with God in the crucible of our own fragility” (19).
Tish Harrison Warren’s Liturgy of the Ordinary is one of my three favorite books on spiritual disciplines of all time. Maybe my favorite, So I was excited to begin reading her follow up book.
This one is raw as she shares some difficult personal stories. Its filled with wisdom, both from Warren and from the historic church. Warren is a great writer and I believe any Christian could benefit from her work. My small group read her last book together and this would be another good book to read in groups. Along with that, she manages to introduce readers to the wisdom of the church from Isaac the Syrian and Benedict of Nursia to CS Lewis and David Bentley Hart and many more.
As someone who desire to move deeper into prayer, I value this book. Especially because while I manage to be pretty disciplined in the morning, I regularly forget to do the evening prayers. Warren’s book draws me to the prayer of Compline.